After a turbulent week, Jan Vertonghen immediately collected his first minutes in the Anderlecht shirt.
After the match, Eleven Sports first and foremost addressed the family aspect of his transfer. Vertonghen’s family also has to make the unexpected switch from Lisbon to Brussels.
“My family is by far the hardest part of this story,” Vertonghen was frank. “I feel like a big egotist right now.”
“It wasn’t the plan and it’s very difficult. A lot of people don’t realize that. They think you come here and you make enough. Emotionally it’s been very difficult.”
Vertonghen has to take the Anderlecht youngsters in tow. “I am confident in the project and it feels good to be playing football again.”
“I realize that we have a way to go with this team, but I am by no means a savior. I am here to support the team, but they should not expect miracles from me either.”
“It took some getting used to again, a bit of a first day of school”, the Red Devil added to our reporter in the Lotto Park. “It’s a shame we didn’t win.”
Anderlecht are lagging behind with 1 out of 9. “It is difficult to make a judgment now, I only train for 2 days.”
“Young people prefer to be integrated into a team that runs well. That used to be easier, now the youth already have to carry the team. They already have responsibility, but I am convinced that it will work out.”
Jan Vertonghen took the place of Hannes Delcroix as a substitute. However, it is written that Wesley Hoedt in particular must fear for his starting spot, especially after a few lesser matches.
“A lot is said and written,” the Dutchman responded after the draw. “I played two games with calf problems, acquired in Bern, but I wanted to be there for the team. Today I was 100 percent for the first time.”
Hoedt welcomes Vertonghen with open arms. “Whether we can play together? I think so. We have seen that Jan prefers the side, where I can play, just like Hannes.”
“We have enough competition, but there are also enough competitions. We will need everyone.”
“And when Jan opens his mouth, everyone listens. That’s how it should be. That is welcome in this young team.”